For the final day of Round 1 of CONCACAF qualifying for the FIFA World Cup Qatar 2022 ™ the stakes were high with direct oppositions deciding on participation in the next stage.
Canada, Curaçao, Haiti, Panama, Saint Kitts and Nevis and El Salvador are the six nations which have succeeded in the game after this first skimming, while several teams who had their destiny in main remained at the quay.
FIFA.com looks back on this decisive day.
The Panama and Canada validated their ticket without trembling with solid victories over the Dominican Republic and Suriname respectively while putting an end to their opponents’ hopes. The attacker of Canucks Jonathan David was the most prolific player of the day, his hat-trick in the second half sealing his team’s victory.
Two other former World Cup participants were also smiling: the Salvador dominated Antigua and Barbuda in another top-of-the-table encounter, while a third nation hoping to reach the next round – Montserrat – saw his campaign for Qatar 2022 come to an end.
There was a lot of tension in Port-au-Prince where Haiti succeeded in repelling the assaults of a Nicaragua who needed a win to qualify. A victorious strike from Derrick Etienne made the difference and secured a ticket to the next round for the Grenadiers, who dream of a second participation in the World Cup after the 1974 edition.
Trinidad and Tobago ends his campaign with a 2-0 victory over Saint Kitts and Nevis. Despite the defeat, the Sugar Boyz had already sealed a surprise ticket for the next round even before their last outing.
Finally in Willemstad, the premises of Curaçao imposed themselves at the expense of a Guatemala extremely unlucky. The two teams delivered a game without a goal, which is not enough for the Central Americans, who miss the qualification on goal difference.